£3m plan for former depot

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Launching the venture: from left to right Derby City councillor Nadine Peatfield; High Sherriff of Derbyshire Mike Copestake; Chris Poulter, leader of Derby City Council; Shaun Matthews, founder of Great Northern Classics; Mick Barker, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, and Stuart Bennett, owner of project contractors Grace Construction. GREAT NORTHERN CLASSICS

Nick Larkin reports on a former Derby depot which is to be reborn as a centre for classic vehicle restoration and apprentice training

A former Derby Corporation tram, trolleybus and motorbus depot is to become a £3m heritage and restoration centre for classic vehicles which will employ 120 people and train ten apprentices annually.

Great Northern Classics has received a £1.25m loan from Derby City Council and has the freehold to the premises. Classic bus and coach owners will benefit from the scheme, which has been likened to TV’s ‘The Repair Shop.’ Independent restoration businesses, from trimmers to bodywork experts to electricians, will all be based in the building, making it a one-stop shop to restore and repair vehicles.

There will also be shops and a vehicle sales area, not forgetting a ‘state-of-the art café.’

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